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Martial Arts

Martial Arts are available in a wide variety of disciplines. If you’re interested, don’t let language deter you from joining a local neighborhood gym that teaches martial arts.

Aikido/Hapkido (합기도) incorporates kicks, thrown and joint locks, with a modern self-defense orientation. The Korea Aikido Federation shows an English option on its website but, nothing has been posted there since June 2014. It is possible however that there are staff who speak some English. The federation lists dojos around the the country. Tel:02-3275-0727 / Fax 02-704-9598. Email:

Kung fu (in Korean Wushu)Korea Wushu Association. The association's website is in Korean only.

Komdo  is a modern Korean martial art derived from Japanese Kendo.  Korea Kumdo Association website in Korean only. 
Hae-Dong Komdo (해동검도 - Haedong Geomdo) is a Korean sword art, which downplays sparring in favor of artistic forms.  
Korea Haedong Kumdo Association (한국해동검도협회) / 
World Haidong Gumdo Federation (세계해동검도연맹).  English website available with limited information

Judo (유도-Yudo). The Korean Judo Association (대한유도회 - Daehan Yudo Hoe) has a Korean-only website. Tel: 02-422-0581. Fax: 02-420-4995. Email:

KickboxingWAKO KOREA website has no English, Korean only.

Taekwondo (태권도) is a modern sport that stresses high and powerful kicking. Koreans learn it at school and in the military. The traditional folk martial art of Taekkyun, which dates back to the pre-colonial era, has undergone a renaissance in recent years. The form is slow and dance-like, with an emphasis on rhythmic kicking.
The Korea Taekwondo Association (한국 태권도 협회 - Hanguk Taekwondo Hyeophoe) can be reached at 02-420-4271~3/ Fax 02-420-4274. Address: Olympic Park, 88-2 Oryun-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul. While there is English information on the website, it is primarily a description of the history of the sport and the organisation. English updates seem to have ended some years ago.
The World Taekwondo Federation can be reached at 02-555-2505 / Fax 02-553-4728. Address: 7148-4 Taepyeong-dong, Sujeong-gu, Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do. Website has information in English.   

Tai ChiKorean Tai Chi Association website has some information in English. 

Hae-Dong Komdo (해동검도 - Haedong Geomdo) is a Korean sword art, which downplays sparring in favor of artistic forms.


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Last Updated on 2015-08-11

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